from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of harquebus.
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- n. an obsolete matchlock firearm
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sort of hand gun or firearm a contrivance answering to a trigger, by which the burning match was applied. The musket was a later invention.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See harquebus, harquebusier.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an obsolete firearm with a long barrel
He fought the Mohawk and Onondaga with wooden armor and an early firearm called the arquebus
Calling it an "arquebus" would be stretching the point.
In terms of accuracy, the arquebus was unable to match the accuracy of a bow in the hands of a highly-skilled archer.
However, the arquebus had a faster rate of fire than the most powerful crossbow, had a shorter learning curve than a longbow, and was more powerful than either.
Bottom line: Crossbow has the best range, longbow has the best rate of fire and arquebus has the best damage dice coupled with ease of use.
If you are not hunting with a match-lock arquebus, while wearing hose and a whale bone corset, you're not a "traditionalist."
C: 2 Colunella, 1 unit Italian arquebus (SK), 1 unit mounted crossbows (SK).
Even before they got within arquebus shot the Venetian line seemed to waver under the accurate fire of the Spanish guns.
Meantime, the Spanish Colunellas, in which the Spanish put most of their faith, approached the Venetian line of arquebus and cannon defending the hill and central wood.
Four front row stands of arquebus backed by two stands of sword and buckler men and two stands of pike the latter placed centrally.
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